Local manufacturers discuss workforce development

Topics range from transportation to CTE and soft skills

THREE RIVERS — Presidents, managers, and employers representing Glen Oaks Community College, the St. Joseph County Intermediate School District, SJC Transportation Authority, Consumers Energy, Goodwill of Southwestern Michigan, Access Point, and manufacturers, including American Axle and XL Michigan, met at Michigan Works to discuss workforce development during the Manufacturers Round Table hosted by the Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, March 7.
Participants discussed ways to find reliable, skilled workers for their company, including night-shift transportation, Computer and Technology Education (CTE) for high school students, and teaching “soft skills,” such as showing up on time and being responsible.
Currently, the Transportation Authority charges $8 for a bus ride per person, but those who are interested in working may see this price as too expensive or inconvenient.

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